Our Founding Passion

By the 1990s, Lonnie McMillian had turned his attention to biotechnology and following his 2001 retirement from ADTRAN, immersed himself in the life sciences. Along the way he sought out Jim Hudson and the idea of a nonprofit institute for biotechnology was born.

“Lonnie and I both are entrepreneurs. We believe the commercial sector is the way to get things to market as opposed to the university or academic setting. So the model we wanted to build was an academic environment with commercial entities in the same building; commercializing the discoveries made by the academics. It was really a novel idea.”